Using a semistructured interview, the author obtained complete histories
of experiences of being physically or sexually assaulted from 31
psychiatric outpatients. The majority (68%) of outpatients had experienced
major physical and/or sexual assaults, and most assaults had not been
revealed to the patients' prior therapists. Circumstances associated with
the assaults, a comparison of outpatient and inpatient assault histories,
and the relevance of the findings to clinical practice are discussed.